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I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent. 


Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.


A+  Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A    Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A-   Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+  Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B    Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B-   Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+  Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C    Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C-   Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D    Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E    Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish


updated July 9, 2015

Currently reading

Operation: Endgame (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 6) (English Edition)
Philippa Ballantine, Jeanne H. Ballantine, William Morris
Just You and Me (A Contemporary Romance Collection)
Fiona Miers, Caitlyn Lynch, Liz Durano, Deelylah Mullin, Cate Farren, Jacquie Biggar, Vicki Batman, Kate Richards, Brenna Zinn, Dalton Diaz, Tierney O'Malley, Desiree Holt, Nicole Morgan, Ashlyn Chase
Bitter Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 14
Audible Studios, Jennifer Estep, Lauren Fortgang
Progress: 27 %

Double Dragon Seduction (1 Night Stand Series)

Double Dragon Seduction - Kali Willows My Rating: 2.5 stars: Finished it - take it or leave it (C)

The story opens with our heroine, Gwen, reading the society pages of the paper, where she discovers that her ex is getting remarried on her birthday. Obviously the news is upsetting to Gwen, because she causes the newspaper to spontaneously combust. Best friend Cindy helps console Gwen over a bottle of amaretto, and we discover that although Gwen and Jamison spent 10 years together, things weren’t all that great, and Gwen doesn’t want Jamison back. But in order to move on, Gwen has enlisted the help of Madame Eve’s 1 Night Stand service, where Gwen has request a m/f/m menage.

Twin brothers Tatsu and Yong have sought out the help of Madame Eve because their lives depend on it. No spoilers here, but let’s just say that the brothers, descendants of dragon shifters, are under a time constraint to find a date - sex - and Madame Eve assured them Gwen is their match. The trio agree to meet at Niagara Falls for their special rendez-vous at the same time (and same hotel) as Jameson’s wedding.

I have mixed feelings about this story. The first half to three-quarters was a good mix of story-telling, action and plot development. Jameson is an abusive bully, which we get to witness first hand. I really like how bold Gwen is after 10 years of abuse. She's not a meek woman. She is a fighter. She's a take charge woman. We also learn about the twin’s dragon heritage and why sex is critical to them at this juncture. It’s not an easy story to digest for any woman about to have sex with the pair, but when it comes to the twins, Gwen’s not going to run. So I have to wonder why she agrees to meet the men at the same time and place as her ex’s wedding. Yes, it causes a lot of tension and allows for some compelling plot development, but to me, it just doesn’t seem the smart thing to do for a woman who is so confident.

As I said, I enjoyed quite a lot of the beginning and middle of the story. However, the switch from discussing the brothers’ dragon heritage to the getting busy, menage time is awkward. The whole transition and the sex scenes didn’t feel sexy to me. Since the twins are virgins, Gwen must teach them. The sex comes across almost clinical, and honestly, I lost interest in the trio. In addition, there is some mid-sex shifting which turned me off.

In the end, Double Dragon Seduction just didn’t keep my interest throughout the whole story. Although I enjoyed the start and set up of the book, and I felt the mythology was worth investigating, the ending fell flat and left me wishing things had gone differently.